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The Venice Conspiracy (Tom Shaman #1)

3.48  ·  Rating Details ·  330 Ratings  ·  52 Reviews
When ex-priest Tom Shaman, jaded from years in the LA ghetto, decides on a last-minute trip to Venice, he gets much more than the break he'd been hoping for. A brutal killer is on the loose and Tom finds himself catapulted into a series of ritualistic killings unlike anything Venice has ever seen. Enlisted by the Italian police, Tom teams up with investigator Valentina Mor ...more
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Published 2010 by Sphere
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Jul 26, 2010 Suzannah rated it really liked it
Good read..had me hooked all the way through.
Sep 17, 2016 Holly rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Warning: The Venice Conspiracy makes heavy use of rape as a plot device, so I'd recommend giving it a pass if that triggers you.

I like a good thriller every now and then. Even ones with questionable historical veracity, but you know, so long as it's good and fun, I'll bit. The Venice Conspiracy is not one of those thrillers. I don't know if it's trying to be a supernatural thriller or one with supernatural overtones, but it's nothing but terrible from start to finish. It tries far too hard to be
Aug 26, 2013 Chuck rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Father Tom Shaman has just administered last rites to an dying 100 year old woman and is walking home at midnight in contemporary Los Angeles. He passes an alley and sees three thugs molesting a young woman. He deals himself a hand and when the smoke clears the young woman has been raped and two of the thugs are dead. After being exonerated for the deaths and leaving the priesthood he feels compelled to go to Venice. Then we are zapped back to 666 B.C. where we meet a young Etruscan priest and f ...more
La idea es buena pero ocupa muchas páginas sin agregar más elementos. La parte del pasado etrusco me aburrió y la dejé a la mitad, luego volví para entender algunas cosas, pero se entiende bien sin eso.
Me gustaron bastante los personajes, Valentina, Vito y Tom. Tina me cae demasiado mal. Podrían haber hecho más con la idea del ritual y los asesinatos, hacer la investigación más entretenida y en suspenso. Aunque admito que el final tiene un giro interesante.
This is a years old BEA ARC book that I grabbed and I’m just finding out that this author has a slew of pseudonyms and that this title is actually published under a couple of them. Thanks for the confusion. That means nothing for the book; I just found it kind of annoying.

THE VENICE CONSPIRACY is told using parallel timelines from ancient Etruscan times and mid-18th century Venice to coincide with the present day plot of this unfolding conspiracy. I liked both equally but it wasn’t an overwhelmi
Nov 13, 2012 tiddle rated it really liked it
This book is quite a fun read. The storytelling is flowing, though the ex-priest's story for quitting priesthood isn't that convincing, jumping right into another a new (sexual) relationship, no less.

There are a lot - and I mean, a lot - of plots of historical backdrop of the Tablet of Atmanta that, while engrossing, leaves much to be desired. From the violent death of Teucer and Tetia in 666 BC, it jumps right to 18th century Venice with the violent death of another ex-priest. Although it's un
I grabbed this at this year's BEA (Advance Reader copy). I was a little confused, when I went to add it on Goodreads it's apparently published with the same cover under a different author's name (and both are pseudonyms), but I digress.

So, the bad. There are many, many moments where I totally had to suspend logic reading this. It's a Dan Brown-type thriller, so some of this is to be expected. The toughest pill to swallow was the weird ability for everyone in the book to seem to understand Englis
Graeme Stokes
Oct 06, 2013 Graeme Stokes rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Praised by critics and readers alike for his international bestseller The Stonehenge Legacy, Sam Christer continues to weave an irresistible plot of conspiracies and sudden death in one of the world's most mysterious ancient sites.

When ex-priest Tom Shaman, jaded from years in the Los Angeles ghetto, decides on a last-minute trip to Venice, he gets much more than he expected. A brutal killer is on the loose and Tom finds himself in the midst of a series of ritualistic killings unlike anything Ve
Karen Brooks
Nov 05, 2010 Karen Brooks rated it liked it
I didn't know what to expect of this book as I had not read anything by Trace before and was in the mood for a light thriller/action novel. Despite some cliched descriptions at the beginning of the book, this is better than that. It's a rollicking tale of good and evil that segues between different time periods to tell of a Manichean battle that has gone on for centuries.
It was the Venice in the title that first attracted my attention and while the book is mainly set there, the title is mislead
Aug 28, 2012 Star rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In ‘The Venice Conspiracy’, the author has woven an ancient civilization, renaissance Italy, and modern day Venice seamlessly into a story of epic proportions. In modern day Venice, ex-priest Tom Shaman has stumbled upon the body of a young girl and gets drawn into an investigation which spans millennia. Three priceless artifacts made in ancient times has been the ‘unholy grail’ to many throughout the years who seek to harness the power within the united artifacts. Tom must uncover the connectio ...more
Nov 13, 2014 Andrew rated it liked it
[The Venice Conspiracy] by Jon Trace
#1 in the Tom Shaman Series

This book had all the components I Like - historical backdrop, future action based on the historical dimension and a likeable main character. However, despite this I felt let down by it for some reason, in essence it just did not hold my interest or excite me enough. I think this is possibly because through most of the book we had alternating chapters set in the here and now, along with one set in the past. As a result it never
Mar 04, 2011 Stefy rated it it was ok
I was undecided whether to give this book two or three stars, then I went for two.
I can't say I really enjoyed the story although it's quite thrilling... at least until the point of that unlikely link between the Devil and the Etruscans.
What really spoils the book is the very poor usage of colloquial Italian... Italian words are scattered in the book but their usage made me think that the author does not actually have a reall grasp of the language so they sound quite ridiculous.
I don't know if
Dec 12, 2012 Brick rated it did not like it
I am willing to suspend disbelief, but this was too much of a stretch. Tom Shaman, the ex-priest protagonist, leaves his vocation behind, leaves his whole mind-set and way of life, changes not like a snake shedding a skin but more like someone picking out a plaid shirt instead of stripes in the morning before leaving the house. The rapid flashbacks to the Etruscan's, and back to the present, were so quick that it was not possible for me to get involved in either situation. The Etruscan figures s ...more
Feb 12, 2013 Diane rated it liked it
This story was ok. About satanistic cult that spans from ancient Etruscan times to current. Taking place mostly in Venice, Italy but also staring out in L.A. California. Priest who kills two rapists while saving the victim, goes to Venice to start a new life outside of the Church gets pulled into a murder investigation that links the crime he was involved in with the cuurent murders in Venice and also the ancient satanistic cult. Intriguing, decent read but just OK; one of the many stories based ...more
May 05, 2013 Alyssa rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: italy
I got exactly what I was looking for in this book, which was an entertaining and rather mindless read to indulge in while sitting out in the sun. It suffers from the same issues as other thrillers I've read (though admittedly it's not a genre I read in very often): poor characterization, too many characters, cliched plot points and language, etc. I do give the author credit for working with three different time periods in the novel, though, one of which being the Etruscan civilization, about whi ...more
Ugh, this book was not what I thought it was going to be. The characters weren't that well developed (or that interesting) and the story was just plain weird. It flips back and forth from 666BC to 18th century Venice to present day Venice, which in itself isn't terrible -- but the stories of what was happening in the first two timelines were awful. Terrible, boring, disgusting. The present day was the only timeline I could actually follow, and even it wasn't great. It was just all a bit over the ...more
David Schwan
A good solid thriller dealing with a set of murders in Venice Italy. One of the main characters is an ex-priest from Los Angeles who happened to pick Venice as his first stop on a European vacation. The book has three overlapping story lines, one set in the Etruscan period, one in the 1770's and the last is contemporary. The Etruscan and the 1770's stories are ok. The ending of the 1770's story leaves one with unanswered questions.
Jun 20, 2011 Nancy rated it really liked it
This is a mystery that covers time from 600BC to present. Tom Shaman, an ex-priest of the present, is drawn into a world of demons and blood sacrifice with intent on bringing the downfall of the Catholic Church. He is an unwilling detective assisting the Italian police. The setting of Venice is nostalgic full of narrow dark allies, lapping canal waters, and church interior descriptions....ah, and memories of Venicia. A bit predictable: but different enough to finish the read easily.
Jun 21, 2012 Jeane rated it really liked it
Shelves: planned-2012
Venice, conspiracy ... sounds like a 'Dan Brown' kind of story.
Of course a story situated in Venice gets my attention whatever.

This story was great, strong and great.
The first part of the story starts in the States with a priest.
Later the story goes over to Venice where the priest escapes the States.
He meets Tina but soon after so much ahppens, so much goes wrong and the whole time the author manages to keep the story strong, correct without losing the plot.
Sep 16, 2011 Yanni rated it liked it
The author did a great job setting the scene and creating suspense building up to the finale. It had me completely hooked up until the raid on the isle. After all that, the rapid race toward the ending was quite a disappointment. I don't think the author knew how to finish what he has started. The remaining plot became too rushed and the character growths were not allowed to properly develop. Disappointing to say the least.
Mjinn d.A.
La Conspiración de Venecia es una novela negra con un pequeño amago de fantasía. De hecho, el propio autor define su obra como leyenda satánica. Me ha parecido un argumento muy correcto, pero he echado de menos uno de esos giros imprevistos capaces de alterar nuestra respiración.

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Robyn Gibson
At first I thought it too far-fetched and bouncing around from the year 666 to the present day was a bit hard to handle. Didn't take long and I couldn't wait to pick it up. It was entirely different from any book I've read, it's based on history with lots of 'fibs', well written and set in Venice, that's why I chose it...I love Venice .... really a good book.
Lynne Radcliffe
Oct 20, 2013 Lynne Radcliffe rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An interesting idea of an ancient evil from 700 BC coming through the years to be played out. in Venice, Italy. Sam Christer writes a fast-paced and story with believable characters. I enjoyed this book. Look forward to reading Christer's book Stonehenge Legacy.
David Watt
Feb 03, 2011 David Watt rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed the book. At first I was not sure about the 2 different timelines cause I don't enjoy books that miuch that flick back and forward in time. But somehow this really works and it keeps you entwined with the story. Good work had it read in 2days.
Dan Barbier
Nov 07, 2013 Dan Barbier rated it it was amazing
Gruesome, gory, spellbinding, mysterious, captivating and almost horror like, those are the qualities you can find in The Venice Conspiracy. A very intriguing read which ends in a race against time across four countries and three timelines. A storytelling tour-de-force.
May 04, 2013 Steve rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A bit contrived at times but a nicely woven tale alternating between 3 time periods and set in my favorite city in the world! Always makes a book better when you can relate to the setting and characters. I'd read another of his stories.
Dec 30, 2011 David rated it liked it
I found this a bit heavy going in places but overall was enjoyable.
Elle Corrigan
Mar 19, 2011 Elle Corrigan rated it it was amazing
Shelves: jon-trace
Excellent book, as you read you get drawn into the story more and more. I like how it qoutes the past to guide the story in the present day. Great Read
Magic Mary Austin
Mar 09, 2014 Magic Mary Austin rated it liked it
I liked the characters more than the story, and I hope there will be more in the future with these characters.
Michael Dunn
Dec 09, 2012 Michael Dunn rated it really liked it
a good occult thriller with some historical background
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Jon Trace (real name: Michael/Mike Morley) was born in Manchester. Orphaned at birth, he was brought up in care, foster and adoption homes. He became an ITV journalist, presenter and producer, then senior executive director for Endemol TV, and is now executive vice president and chief creative officer, international production, for Sony Pictures Television Intern
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